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No Gaudenzia Erie, Inc. client will be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, limited English proficiency, previous criminal record or status with regard to political opinion.

Gaudenzia Erie, Inc., in accordance with Federal Regulations, provides preference and/or priority for the treatment of pregnant injection drug users, pregnant substance abusers and injection drug users.

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SHOUT OUTREACH

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All services are provided at no charge and are confidential

What is SHOUT Outreach?

Shout Outreach was conceived as a response to HIV/AIDS affecting our community members. Shout provides confidential HIV testing that is free of charge.

How do I get tested?

Shout Outreach is located at Gaudenzia Erie, Crossroads. People who are interested in getting tested may call 814-459-4775 and speak to a Shout Outreach worker. Clients in treatment at Crossroads may simply speak to the detox staff to request an appointment.

What can I expect during the testing process?

Shout Outreach uses the oral swab testing method. You will meet with an outreach worker who is specially trained to test people for HIV. Many times, people are nervous about receiving this test. You may discuss your feelings with the outreach worker, and you are encouraged to ask questions, all of which will remain confidential.

Once your results are in, you will again meet with the outreach worker who will give you the results. If you are negative, the outreach worker will provide suggestions on how to protect yourself against HIV in the future.

If you are positive, the outreach worker will discuss your results with you, provide information about community resources, and answer any questions you may have. He or she may also help you set up appointments with medical care providers, case managers, and/or social service professionals.

Does Shout Outreach provide any other services?

Yes. Shout Outreach is committed to reducing the spread of HIV in our community. Shout Outreach educates the community through educational programs using DEBIs. DEBI stands for Diffusion for Effecctive Behavior Intervention.

These are the session topics covered in the DBI education:

  • Behavior changes
  • STDs and communicable diseases
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication & negotiation skills
  • Safety & prevention
  • Who should access Shout Outreach?

    Any person who would like to know his or her HIV status. Shout Outreach is also interested in these high-risk groups and/or their partners:

  • At-risk youth between the ages of 13-24
  • Injection drug users
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Persons having unprotected sex
  • People who exchange sex for money/drugs
  • Ethnic minority populations
  • Women
  • HIV/AIDS consumers
  • Shout Outreach also networks within the faith-based community and educational institutions from middle school, high school, and colleges.

    Everyone is welcome to call Shout Outreach for information and testing. Testing can be done on-site at Gaudenzia Erie. Shout Outreach may arrange to conduct testing the community based on request and need.

    Everyone is welcome to attend the educational groups offered by Shout Outreach. Prevention education is an imporant tool against the spread of HIV. Call Shout Outreach for more information on the DEBI educational programs.

    Where do I go for help?

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      Location:

      414 W. 5th St., Erie, PA 16507

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      For an appointment call:

      814-459-4775

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    Fast Facts

    “HIV” stands for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus” and “AIDS” stands for “Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.” The first case of AIDS (unidentified at the time) was reported in the US in June, 1981.

    HIV infects 1.1 million Americans, and more than 18% are unaware of their infection.

    Every 9.5 minutes, someone becomes infected with HIV in the US.

    Black people represent approximately 12% of the US population but accounted for 44% of new HIV cases in 2010

    HIV/AIDS cases have been diagnosed in every state across America.

    HIV is not the same as AIDS. HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS. You have AIDS if your CD4 count drops below 200 or when you have certain infections or cancers. You can have HIV for years without having AIDS. Being infected with HIV does not mean you have developed AIDS.

    Even if you're feeling great and have no symptoms, HIV is hurting your immune system. To protect your immune system, most experts recommend starting HIV medicines (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) as soon as you are diagnosed with HIV. Because these drugs reduce your "viral load," or the amount of HIV in your blood, they also reduce your chances of passing HIV to others.